Tattoo Removal Specialist

Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry

Board Certified Dermatologists & Cosmetic Surgeons located in Hilton Head, SC & Okatie, SC

Historically, tattoos have been a way to declare yourself permanently on your skin. But when your declaration loses its meaning over the years, your tattoo may serve as an unwanted reminder of the past. Thanks to laser tattoo removal, you can erase the past without undergoing painful surgery or dermabrasion. At Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry, Oswald L. Mikell, MD, offers the latest laser tattoo removal technology to tackle unwanted ink. If you’d like a fresh start, call the office in Hilton Head, Okatie, or Beaufort, South Carolina or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Before laser technology came on the scene, tattoo removal was a tricky and painful business. Since tattoo inks go into the layers of your skin, doctors had to resort to surgery or dermabrasion techniques to cut or scrub away the tattoo.

Now, doctors like Dr. Mikell can send pulses of energy into your skin that break the ink particles apart. This energy is a high-intensity light beam that gets absorbed by the pigment, ultimately destroying it. From there, your body takes over and flushes out the particles through your lymphatic system.

One of the most significant advantages of using laser energy is that Dr. Mikell can target the treatment areas without damaging the surrounding skin.

What kind of tattoos does the laser remove?

The effectiveness of laser tattoo removal depends upon the age of the tattoo, how deep the ink goes, and the colors of your tattoo. Brightly colored inks were very difficult to deal with in the past, until now.

Dr. Mikell uses Q-switched (or quality-switched) laser technology, which allows him to adjust the intensity of the energy to target and break up even the toughest of colors.

Specific colors respond better to different wavelengths, so by using a laser technology that he can adjust, Dr. Mikell doesn’t have to rely on one wavelength for a blanket approach that may not work well. With a Q-switch laser, Dr. Mikell can address all colors, including:

  • Black
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Pink
  • Green

How many treatments do I need?

There’s no single answer to this question because it depends upon several things, including:

  • The age of the tattoo
  • The professionalism of the tattoo
  • Your skin color
  • The color of the inks

During your initial consultation, Dr. Mikell examines the tattoo you would like to remove and comes up with a timeline. You can expect to undergo several treatments for most tattoos, and this number increases with the amount and color of the ink, as well as the age of the tattoo.

Dr. Mikell may not be able to remove some tattoos, but he can significantly diminish their appearance.

If you have tattoo regret, call Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry to explore laser tattoo removal. You can also use the online form to schedule an appointment.